The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced a new research and development team, dubbed CIA Labs, to conduct secret (probably expensive) research in the areas of "distributed ledger/blockchain-enabled technologies" along with a variety of other cutting-edge technologies that have captured the tech headlines this year. They claim they will conduct "multidisciplinary research, development, testing, and engineering to address new challenges." Remember, most Bitcoin (BTC) is open-source and public.

The Block (Sept 21, 2020)